Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

AMAZE: Families All Matter

AMAZE’s mission is to create safety and belonging for all children and families. Its Families All Matter anti-bias education program is founded on research in child development, prejudice reduction, bullying prevention, and social and emotional learning. The book-based curricula and classroom discussions and activities reduce the risk of substance abuse and mental health issues for children by empowering teachers and children to reduce bullying and bias, and promote healthy idenitites and peer relationships in the elementary classroom. Key prevention program activities and audiences include:

  • Three-hour teacher trainings to give elementary school educators the knowledge, readiness, and tools to implement the Families All Matter curricula in their classrooms; to interrupt bias and bullying in their schools; and to build inclusive classroom cultures
  • Teachers, social workers, and counselors reading grade-leveled picture books to elementary school children covering 10 different diversity themes, all under the unifying theme of “family”

The program promotes awareness and skills for safe, caring, and inclusive schools and communities so that all children can grow to their full potential, free of bullying and other aggression or violence.

With funding from SAMHSA’s FY2014 Subcontracts to Build Evaluation Capacity for Evidence-Based Interventions, AMAZE will enhance the evaluation of its Families All Matter program by developing and field-testing two survey instruments with participating teachers to measure the impact of the three-hour anti-bias education training. Specific activities will include:

  • Developing an immediate post-training impact survey instrument and data collection processes that measure changes as a result of teacher training
  • Developing an intermediate-term impact survey instrument and data collection processes that measure changes as a result of teacher training after four to six months
  • Creating plans and processes for administering these survey instruments
  • Analyzing the data that take into account the ongoing capacity of the organization and the annual school-year timeline


Contacts

Nancy Michael
Executive Director
AMAZE
2038 Ford Parkway #216
St. Paul, MN 55116
Phone: (612) 724-4323
Email: NancyMichael@amazeworks.org

Lyn Mitchell
Program Principal
AMAZE
2038 Ford Parkway #216
St. Paul, MN 55116
Phone: (612) 245-2655
Email: LynMitchell@amazeworks.org